Olympus TG 870 and Nikon AW130 are two rugged, compact digital cameras suitable for outdoor activities. Due to the environmentally sealed bodies, you will be able to use these cameras in rain and snow, even in water. Both also offer great portability and astonishing image quality. Since the two models are standing in the same price range, choosing between the two can be somehow difficult. Still, there are some notable distinctions that may make you prefer one model over the other. Continue reading below to better understand the differences between Olympus TG 870 and Nikon AW130.
These two compact digital cameras are about the same size. They are quite lightweight, so you should find little to no problem to take them along on your trips. Each comes with an environmentally sealed housing that is waterproof, freezeproof, and shockproof. Such feature enables you to use the camera in all weather conditions. You can also use these cameras to record your scuba diving adventures safely. However, when used in a wet condition, the Nikon camera may have better, more solid handling, thanks to the textured grip area. The Olympus camera may be somewhat prone to slipping because of the smooth surface. However, Olympus TG 870 has a particular advantage over Nikon AW130 in the form of an articulating display screen. It is very useful and practical for shooting from difficult angles. (See also: Sony DSC TX30 vs. Nikon AW130)
Even though both models come with 16 MP optical resolution, they differ that Olympus TG 870 has a back-illuminated sensor whereas Nikon AW130 has a non-illuminated sensor. The back-illuminated sensor greatly improves the camera’s performance in low-light conditions. In addition, Olympus TG 870 has a much wider ISO range with 12800 maximum ISO, as opposed to Nikon AW130’s 6400 maximum ISO. Hence, Olympus TG 870 can be much more powerful and versatile than Nikon AW130 to adapt to various lighting challenges. Olympus TG 870’s lens has better coverage at wide.
Well, Nikon AW130 does have some notable strengths. It has a slightly higher maximum shutter speed. The lens is also faster both at wide and tele. Nonetheless, both models come with built-in optical image stabilization to eliminate blurs, also built-in Wi-Fi with remote control functions.
Olympus TG 870 is generally better than Nikon AW130 in terms of performance and image quality. The back-illuminated sensor and wider ISO range are greatly beneficial for various photography purposes. Just make sure that you handle the camera more carefully because it can be pretty slippery.